Capture the Magic of the Christmas Countdown with our Advent Calendar Kit
Hi Everyone, with October flying by and the Christmas countdown fast approaching it's time to start thinking about Christmas crafting (if you haven't already!). If like me you love the countdown to Christmas our triptych style Advent Calendar kit is perfect to make as a keepsake for a loved one or maybe for yourself to look forward to seeing as each countdown to Christmas comes around.
Made from 3mm MDF, the kit comes flat packed and when assembled with the three sections joined together measures 13 1/2" wide, 4 1/2" deep and 9 tall. The The large centre shadow box section is 2" deep, a great space to create a dimensional scene that can be framed with the oval insert that comes with the kit. Small wooden numbers 1 - 25 are also included.
Acetate sleeves keep all the little boxes in their place when the calendar is packed away. Full assembly instructions (digital download) are included with the kit too.
Here are a couple of ways to assemble the Advent calendar. I'm sure you can think of oodles more too.
The first option is to create three stand alone pieces, two for the little boxes and one large centre one for your scene. I used paper from the Make a Wish Maxi and standard pads to decorate this sample.
This collection has is full of festive colour and has a rich folk art feel to it. I chose St Nick as my focal point, and then created a diorama from the papers and smaller images. I covered the oval frame and added it over the centre scene to give a snow globe effect to the finished box. You could create a shaker snow globe effect by adding all the shaker pieces behind a sheet of acetate too.
I used Star Dust Stickles to add all the sparkle on St Nick, the houses, edges and the front edges of the boxes and changed out the wooden numbers for die cut numbers cut from red glitter fun foam.
The second option is to join all three sections together to create a fold out landscape style Advent Calendar. I've altered this sample in pink and blue papers from the Joy to the World collection by Graphic 45.
G45 always give us lots to cut out so, if like me you love creating dimension on your projects this collection is perfect. I spent a while cutting out lots of foliage, angels, bells and banners from different papers and arranged them on the oval frame that comes with the kit before sticking it into the box.
My focal point is the floating angels, layered ephemera card and Merry Christmas sentiment. I added a beading of blue stickles for a hint of a shimmer to the inner edge of the oval and clear Wink of Stella for a sheen on the angel wings.
To see the Joy to the World landscape style advent calendar in more detail click on the video below:
If you love our unique Advent Calendar kit, and would like to make one yourself here's the links to all the supplies used in today's post.
The Advent Calendar is also one of the project choices we'll be making at my Weekend Crafters Retreat in November. There are two places left so do click here for more info on the event if you'd like to join me and like minded crafters for a crafty get away.
Well that's all from me for today. I'm off to the Sainsbury's to buy supplies for another Christmas make we'll be sharing in next weeks post. Have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and enjoy your weekend. Happy crafting :-) C